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Steffi Magub

Steffi completed her PhD in Biochemistry in 2012, and since then has worked at Havas Lynx – a healthcare and MedComms marketing agency where she is a Senior Medical Writer leading a team of writers. Her work helps life sciences, healthcare and pharma companies develop information and tools for healthcare professionals, patients and carers to ensure they are well-informed about illnesses and their treatment. She has experience writing for oncology, fertility, virology, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. During her time at university, Steffi was a teaching assistant for practical classes, and also a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Networking (STEMNet) Ambassador to the South-East of England from 2008 to 2011.

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Immunohistochemistry: Getting The Stain You Want

Immunohistochemistry: Getting The Stain You Want

By Steffi Magub | July 20, 2016

Need a simple, error-proof protocol for using immunohistochemistry to stain your slides? Here’s a protocol to try – from dewaxing to mounting.

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How To Make Your Own ECL

By Steffi Magub | July 9, 2016

ECL can be an expensive reagent in a lab. Why not make your own? Hopefully, this quick, simple and cheap solution will be of help to you!

Scientists Work Too Much – Is this Bad for Science?

Scientists Work Too Much – Is this Bad for Science?

By Steffi Magub | November 21, 2012

In my time in the lab, I came across people with lots of different work ethics. The lazy scientists, the let-everybody-else-do-all-the-hard-work-for-me scientists, the strictly-nine-to-five scientists, the nocturnal scientists, the always-on-holiday scientists and, of course, the workaholic scientists. Science is no easy trade. It’s time consuming, and the pressure to get results can be huge. It’s…

Top Ten Tips for Making Stock Solutions

Top Ten Tips for Making Stock Solutions

By Steffi Magub | November 12, 2012

Having to make stock solutions is a part of everyday lab life…a tedious, but necessary, one. So why not make the process as streamlined as possible? Here are a few little tricks I picked up while I was still in the lab: Check to see if anybody has a tried and tested recipe – why…

Book Review: "The Demon in the Freezer", by Richard Preston

Book Review: “The Demon in the Freezer”, by Richard Preston

By Steffi Magub | November 2, 2012

Before reading “The Demon in the Freezer”, I was rather ignorant about bioterrorism. The only instance of it that sprung to mind was the anthrax attacks on the United States shortly after 9/11. After reading Richard Preston’s book, I wish I was still as ignorant as I once was! Allow me to explain. Preston’s book…

Advice To An Earlier Me, On The Occasion Of My Graduation

Advice To An Earlier Me, On The Occasion Of My Graduation

By Steffi Magub | September 12, 2012

I recently had my PhD viva (that’s a thesis defense, to those of you in the US, and it was successful – yay!), and one of the questions my examiners brought up was: “if you could go back and do things differently, what would they be?”. Obviously they were thinking more about what different reagents,…

Book Review: the PhD Comics Strip Collection series

Book Review: the PhD Comics Strip Collection series

By Steffi Magub | August 8, 2012

Everyone who’s doing a PhD knows the emotional turmoil you go through. Who among us hasn’t felt the following?: a)     Anxiety? b)     Depression? c)     An inability to relax? d)     Frustration at your equipment/experiments/supervisor/idiot student you’re mentoring who used up all the expensive antibody? e)     All of the above… f)      …and more? Well I certainly felt…

How To Make Your Own ECL

How To Make Your Own ECL

By Steffi Magub | June 29, 2012

ECL can be an expensive reagent in a lab. Why not make your own? Hopefully, this quick, simple and cheap solution will be of help to you!

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How to Care for Your pH Meter

By Steffi Magub | May 18, 2012

In this article, we talk about how to look after your pH meter and provide tips for keeping a pH meter in good working order.

How to Survive a Poster Session

By Steffi Magub | April 23, 2012

Poster sessions can be your best friend, or your worst nightmare; it all comes down to how well you’ve prepared.  In this article, I’ll discuss how to present your data in poster form, what to look out for at a poster session, and how to make the most out of a poster session…in short, how…

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Setting up a PubMed Alert in 3 Easy Steps

By Steffi Magub | March 7, 2012

The easiest way to keep abreast of what’s going on in your scientific field is to set up a PubMed alert. We show you how.

Build a CV You Can Be Proud Of: Part IV – Managing Time, Planning, and Staying Sane in the Lab

Build a CV You Can Be Proud Of: Part IV – Managing Time, Planning, and Staying Sane in the Lab

By Steffi Magub | February 13, 2012

Following on from the previous article on Developing your Analytical Skills, this article will be the last in this series and looks at how to properly plan out your lab days and manage your time. Good time management is invaluable for researchers. For example: Imagine finally getting to the end of your cytofluorescence and you’ve been probing for…

Build A CV You Can Be Proud Of – Part III: Analytical Skills… Including the Dreaded Statistics!

By Steffi Magub | January 20, 2012

In the previous article in this series, we covered teamwork and networking. Now it’s time to move on to what many people consider the most boring part of the lab work: the analysis. I know we all wish that a simple histogram or a rather nice-looking Western blot or PCR would suffice. But the fact…

Build a CV You Can Be Proud Of – Part II: Teamworking and Networking

Build a CV You Can Be Proud Of – Part II: Teamworking and Networking

By Steffi Magub | December 2, 2011

Previously, we covered how to add communication skills to our CVs; now it’s time to consider teamwork and networking! In science it can sometimes seem like finding ways to work as part of a team are difficult – after all, how many people does it take to do a Western blot? However, there are ways…

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Build a CV You Can Be Proud Of – Part I: Communication Skills

By Steffi Magub | November 9, 2011

They say scientists are highly skilled… and rightly so! While many people would think that we’re shy, retiring types who sit at our lab benches obsessing over teeny-weeny molecules, science (and particularly the process of obtaining a PhD) sets us up as highly skilled members of the workforce. I can hear you all groaning as…

Man holsing a paintbrush with paint all up the wall to represent troubleshooting histochemistry when things go wrong

Troubleshooting Immunohistochemistry

By Steffi Magub | October 24, 2011

If your immunohistochemistry is not working quite as expected, don’t fret. Check out this comprehensive guide to troubleshooting immunohistochemistry.

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